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Girl's hta-mein

Girl's hta-mein

  • Place of origin:

    Burma
    Amarapura (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1935 to 1939 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk lined in cotton textile. Stitching and plain weaving and <font -i>acheik-luntaya</font> (wave patterned - "100" spool interlocking tapestry weaving)

  • Museum number:

    IS.20-1998

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A long rectangle worn as a wrap skirt. Formed from two rectangular panels stitched along the weft edge and attached to a black cotton 21.7 cm. waistband. Lined with white cotton cloth.
The top panel or body is woven in a variety of wave pattern in three shades of pink silk. The main pattern is a version of the taik kaung tin pan khet (queen's floral garland) and is highlighted with silver thread. The warp ends are finished in a vertical stripe, one of them ornamented with acheik patterns forms a front panel.
The lower panel made of two pieces of silk sewn selvage to selvage (ie long end of panel runs along weft threads) forms a train. Three shades of pink weft stripes on a pale pink warp interspersed with three black pin stripes and interwoven with silver threads.

Place of Origin

Burma
Amarapura (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1935 to 1939 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk lined in cotton textile. Stitching and plain weaving and acheik-luntaya (wave patterned - "100" spool interlocking tapestry weaving)

Dimensions

Length: 92.7 cm, Width: 99 cm

Object history note

To be worn by a young girl on ceremonial occasions.

Historical significance: With the abolition of the monarchy in 1885 under British rule, sumptuary laws lapsed and the use of royal patterns and silver thread such as found on this hta-mein was no longer a royal perogative.

Descriptive line

Burmese girl's pink silk and black cotton hta-mein (wrap skirt) comprising of a waistband, large acheik-luntaya patterned area and a train, to be worn on ceremonial occasions. c. 1935 to 1939

Materials

Silk; Cotton textile; Silver thread

Techniques

Weaving; Silvering

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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